We are delighted to announce that data collection for DAMASCUS will start in October 2020. We have made this decision based on the feedback we received from many participating centres that they are ready to start and also to allow the trainees who will be rotating in October to join their new sites. We have also updated the study protocol to include a question on the effect of COVID19 on the decision making for managing acute diverticulitis.

We appreciate that many surgical trainees will or may have already changed their hospitals since they initially registered with us. If you are a surgical trainee, please update us through this (Link) with your previous and future placement (even if you are not changing your hospital). This is important to inform us that you are still planning to participate in the study and to link you with DAMASCUS team in your new placement.

We will also ask the principal investigators at participating hospitals for their permission to share their contacts with the new registrars joining their units. An email will be sent in due course with further details.

Finally, it is not too late to join DAMASCUS if you haven’t done already. Your hospital can take part in this international project aiming to improve the management of diverticular disease. If you would like your hospital to join, please fill the REDCap registration through this link.

Diverticulitis Management:
A Snapshot Collaborative Audit Study

DAMASCUS is an international, prospective study aiming to investigate the international variability in the presentation and index management of acute diverticulitis, and whether there is an association between index management and short and medium-term clinical outcomes including the readmission or re-intervention rates over the subsequent 6 months. DAMASCUS is a trainee-led study with local consultant support.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is already involved?
    • There are over 110 sites signed up across the world. Please contact us if your hospital has signed up and you wish to join the team at your hospital.

  • Sign me up!
    • Please use this link to register your site to get REDCap login. We will issue REDCap logins close to the launch date to centres who have local approval confirmed.
    • You can download and digitally complete this Expression of Interest Form DAMASCUS EOI Form. Up to 5 collaborators including at least one consultant are invited to join the study.
  • Do I need to get ethical approval to join the study?
    • Ethical approval will be sought within each host nation according to local, state or national policy.
    • In the UK, this audit is not considered to be research and as such sites will be able to participate once local clinical audit approval is in place.
  •  Which guidelines I should use for the audit proposal?
    • The EAES and SAGES 2018 consensus conference on acute diverticulitis management: evidence-based recommendations for clinical practice can be found here to be used for local audit registration.
  • Where can I see the full proposal?  DAMASCUS protocol
  • Who do I contact to get involved?
  • If you need to present the study to your department, you may use this presentation if you wish.